Japan Inflation Hits Zero

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

TOKYO--Japan's drift back toward deflation, two years after launching a radical monetary policy experiment to cure the affliction, underscores the continuing difficulties in pulling the world's third-largest economy out of its long slump. The government said Friday its most closely ...

New Services Cloud AT&T's Bet on Pay TV

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Thomas Gryta AT&T; Inc. knew it was buying a melting ice cube when it agreed to acquire satellite-TV company DirecTV last year for $49 billion. But recent moves by HBO, Apple Inc. and the National Football League have turned ...

Balance Of Power Shifts In Groceries

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 3/27/15) By Leslie Josephs and Annie Gasparro Orders for organic burritos, Thai stir-fry and other frozen products from Amy's Kitchen Inc. have been growing so quickly that late last year the company bought a second ...

Some Energy Companies Find the Going Tough

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Matt Jarzemsky The ranks of financially stressed companies have swelled to a 4 1/2 -year high as the sharp drop in oil prices batters energy companies. The number of companies with the worst below-investment-grade debt ratings rose to 184 ...

Yahoo Boosts Share Buyback by $2 Billion -- Update

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

By Douglas MacMillan Yahoo Inc. on Thursday announced a plan to buy back $2 billion of its own shares with proceeds from the recent public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. The buybacks are part of Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's ...

Correction to Yahoo stock buyback story

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

Yahoo has repurchased $9.7 billion in stock since 2012. "Yahoo Boosts Buyback Authorization by $2 Billion -- Update," at 7:58 p.m. ET, misstated the year in the second paragraph. (MORE TO FOLLOW) Dow Jones Newswires March 26, 2015 20:31 ET ...

Guru's Budgeting Insight Shines Through 3G Deals

TODAY: March 27, 2015 PUB DATE: March 27, 2015

(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 3/27/15) By David Kesmodel Five decades ago, a young Texas Instruments Inc. accounting manager named Pete Pyhrr pioneered a technique to help businesses shave costs. It led to a book deal, a People magazine interview ...

Deal-Hungry Brazilians Came

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

By Dana Mattioli And Dana Cimilluca One of the biggest challenges for would-be corporate acquirers is convincing their takeover prey to make a deal. When 3G Capital Partners LP came knocking on Kraft Foods Group Inc.'s door early this year, ...

Oil Prices Soar

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

Oil prices jumped as much as 5% in Asian trade Thursday after reports of Saudi Arabian airstrikes in Yemen raised fresh concerns of supply disruptions. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May traded ...

Yen Higher Against Rivals as Risk Aversion Strengthens

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

By Hiroyuki Kachi The yen strengthened against its major rivals, hitting a one-month high against the dollar in Asian trade Thursday, with investors buying the Japanese currency after overnight U.S. and eurozone stock market weakness spread into Asia. The dollar ...

SNB Says Franc Cap Stopped Being Beneficial -- Second Update

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

By John Revill ZURICH--Switzerland's central bank was forced to scrap its cap on the value of the Swiss franc because mounting costs would have been "out of all proportion" to potential benefits of maintaining the policy, the bank said in ...

Record Fall in Prices Boosts UK Retail Sales

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

LONDON--Retail sales in the U.K. accelerated in February fueled by a record-fall in store prices, official data showed Thursday, a fresh sign that consumer spending remained vigorous in the first quarter of the year. The volume sold by British retailers ...

France Cuts Deficit Forecast

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

PARIS--French finance minister Michel Sapin on Thursday lowered the country's deficit forecast for 2015 after figures showed a lower than previously expected deficit in the two previous years. France's budget deficit declined to 4% of gross domestic product in 2014 ...

Eurozone Private Lending in Negative Territory in Feb - ECB Data

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

By Todd Buell and Monica Houston-Waesch FRANKFURT--Private lending remained in negative territory in February, where it has been for nearly three years, data from the European Central Bank showed Thursday. Private-sector loan growth declined 0.1% in annual terms in February, ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall to 282,000 in Latest Week

TODAY: March 26, 2015 PUB DATE: March 26, 2015

By Jeffrey Sparshott WASHINGTON--The number of Americans seeking first-time unemployment benefits fell last week, the latest sign of an improving labor market. Initial jobless claims decreased by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 282,000 in the week ended March 21, the ...